Production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder revealed

In addition to celebrating Porsche 911’s 50th anniversary, the famed German automaker will introduce an all-new plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The 918 Spyder’s overall specs are astounding: up to 887 hp, 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds and fuel economy between 85 and 94 mpg thanks to an electric motor drive working with the 4.6-liter V-8 engine that by itself generates 608 hp.

The hybrid drive consists of a 115 kW electric motor and a decoupler that connects with the V-8 engine. The configuration allows the rear axle motor to be powered individually by the combustion engine or the electric motor or by both.

The power unit is built-in in front of the rear axle, separately from the front axle. A 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission powers the rear axle.

The electric motors generate up to 286 hp (210 kW) and the total torque output is between 917 and 1,280 Nm, depending on the gear.

Intelligent power management is the name of the game in the 918 Spyder, which boasts three different power units and five operating modes to optimize the car’s power for different conditions. The modes are activated from the steering wheel and include E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap.

The 918 Spyder symbolizes the “genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future,” the company said in a news release.

The Porsche 918 Spyder was built utilizing technology from the company’s race cars and unique characteristics include the “rolling chassis” – basically, a chassis without bodywork – while the V-8 is based on the Porsche racer that participated in the Le Mans race and is used in the RS Spyder.

Photo Credit: Porsche

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